August 2013

Tribute to volunteers at Half a Century

We recently returned from the Half Century of Progress Show and enjoyed ourselves immensely. The show took place without a hitch at least nothing visible to they eye. Author and farm broadcaster Orion Samuelson’s plane had mechanical issues and he didn’t make it to the show, but that is the only off the radar thing […]

The heart of a hot air balloon

At this year’s Half Century of Progress show Touchstone Energy Cooperatives offered tethered balloon rides to visitors at the show. After the first group of kids and the lady that owns the Redwood log home, I was next. We waited patiently while they aired up and set up the balloon and fired her up, up […]

The Portland Swap Meet and more!

For years I fought my husband on going to this show because I thought it was going to be nothing but trailer after trailer of antique tractor parts. I was wrong, there I said it, he was right! It is a great show with a flea market filled with yes, tractor parts, but also pottery, […]

Gang plows at the American Threshermans Reunion

Steam engines are often at shows, but at this year’s American Thresherman’s Reunion, they were put to the plow. We witnessed this Case steam engine plowing with six men riding on a 12-bottom gang plow. This was the 54th year for the show and there will be a fall show as well. For more information, […]

At the American Thresherman's Show Minneapolis Moline is King!

For just a few short years my dad was a teacher and he taught in Nashville Illinois. That’s how it was that I was born in Pinckneyville. So albeit while my in this southern Illinois area was short, I regard Pinckneyville and the American Thresherman’s show almost like coming home. Kent and Annie Jansen and […]